Dixie Wilson Howard

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Dixie Wilson Howard, 91, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 12, 2013. She died peacefully at home (at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Mike Ray) surrounded by family who loved her dearly.
She was born Nov. 23, 1921, in the Coalfield community to the late Haywood and Freddie Butler Wilson. She met and married Agbert Lawrence Howard in Dayton, Ohio, and then moved to Oliver Springs. They lived most of their life in the Norwood community. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Coalfield. During World War II, she worked at Proctor and Gamble and General Motors in Ohio and moved back to Tennessee to work at Y-12 and K-25. Later, she worked for several years at the Oliver Springs school cafeteria. She loved this job because she enjoyed working with children. She lived each day to the fullest, with courage, faith, humor and love. She loved wearing hats and had perfection for style and fashion. She enjoyed being around young people, dancing, playing cards, laughing, having a good time and was a wonderful cook. She had a passion for landscaping and flower gardening. Her favorite flowers were calla lily and iris. She was an avid Lady Vols Fan. She will be remembered as a caring wife and loving mother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Agbert Lawrence Howard; parents, Haywood and Freddie Butler Wilson; brothers, Kelly and Paul Wilson; sister, Juanita Conley; and infant sister, Marie.
She is survived and celebrated by daughter, Melissa Ray and son-in-law Mike Ray, Clinton; sons, Steve Howard and daughter-in-law Devera Howard, Lenoir City, and Dickey Howard and daughter-in-law Brenda Howard, Rockwood; sister, Christine and husband Henry Burton, Scottsburg Ind.; granddaughter, Angela Smith and husband Glen, Atlanta; and great-grandson, Sawyer Smith, Atlanta.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, in Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg. A celebration of her life will follow at 7 p.m., with the retired Rev. Rob Clayton of Coalfield Seventh-day Adventist Church officiating. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 16, at Anderson Memorial Gardens on Hwy. 61 near Oliver Springs.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Condolences may be left in her name on the online guestbook at www.schubertfuneralhome.com.
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Wartburg, TN 37887
(423) 346-6677
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Published in Roane County News from May 21 to May 22, 2013
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